Charlie Morton is rehabilitating after offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.

Pirates notebook: Morton making necessary progress in rehab

Charlie Morton takes another step in his return, pitching in a simulated game in extended spring training.

about 15 hours ago

 Dan LaCouture, then with the Carolina Hurricanes, and Paul Bissonnette get into a fight during a 2008 game. Mr. LaCouture is one of several former players suing the National Hockey League for allegedly failing to disclose information about the dangers of concussions and subconcussive head injuries.

Former NHL players seek damages for concussions

Litigation continues in a lawsuit against the NHL brought about by former players who believed the league concealed dangers of concussions.

about 15 hours ago

 Former star receiver Hines Ward is perhaps the best example of the Steelers hitting on a compensatory draft pick.

The compensatory pick: Buried treasure in the NFL draft

The Steelers are one of several teams who have benefited greatly from extra picks in the draft and they hope to strike gold again this year.

about 15 hours ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Gene Collier: Series of scores makes it a series

With that kind of scoring, the Penguins could make it an interesting firsr-round series against the New York Rangers.

about 14 hours ago

 Penguins winger Chris Kunitz celebrates his power play goal at 9:41 of the third period Saturday night against the New York Rangers.

Kunitz, Crosby rekindle some of their old magic

Penguins locker room: Kunitz scored on the power play and assisted on two key goals to help the Penguins take Game 2 from the Rangers.

about 14 hours ago

 A Jason Day swing last week at Augusta reveals the twists, torque and pressure on a golfer’s feet.

Golf notebook: Jason Day jumping feet first into shoe technology

Jason Day could lead the revolution of a new golf shoe made to help players with comfort, balance and stability.

about 15 hours ago

 Smile! Patti Jac­o­bina and Logan Jac­o­bina, 9, of Li­go­inier pro­vide proof of place by mug­ging for a cellp­hone cam­era in front of a trail-side sign at Linn Run.

Campaign promotes exploring new grounds by linking outdoors, social media

Social media meets angling tradition in the Laurel Highlands.

about 15 hours ago

 Gregory Polanco struck out 14 times and walked once in 36 plate appearances entering the Pirates' weekend series against Milwaukee.

On the Pirates: Gregory Polanco playing catch-up

Gregory Polanco and the Pirates offense are off to a slow start; another talented young pitcher looms.

about 15 hours ago

 Former Pitt defensive end Greg Romeus is still chasing his NFL dream after a slew of injuries.

Former Pitt standout Greg Romeus hopes for second NFL chance

Two knee injuries kept Greg Romeus from realizing his NFL dreams, but the defensive end is hoping for another chance.

about 15 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Penguins come alive, at last

It’s been a long time since this Penguins team showed up on game day.

about 15 hours ago

 The 2014 Artsy Shots winner, “Laurel Hill Rainbow,” taken by Greg Reynolds of Penn Township, Westmoreland County.

Outdoors notebook: Industries challenge threatened bat status

The state Game Commission wants to acquire 170 acres to protect threatened bat caves in Luzerne County.

about 15 hours ago

 Brandon Sutter, left, has a few words for Marc-Andre Fleury before the team took the ice before Game 2 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Penguins notebook: Work at front of net stirs battle of words

It might not be a full-blown war of words, but the Penguins and Rangers are having a verbal skirmish.

about 15 hours ago

 Blanche Kiesel

Obituary: Blanche Kiesel / Steelers talk show caller known as 'Babe from Penn Hills'

“I guarantee you that she knew what she was talking about,” said radio host and former Steeler Tunch Ilkin of Ms. Kiesel, 90.

about 15 hours ago

 Tito Francona played 15 seasons in the major leagues from 1956-70, but his ties to Beaver County and the WPIAL run so much deeper.

High school notebook: Thorpe family tree continues to bloom

Sewickley Academy’s Thorpe sisters Aja and Summer are the latest to impress thanks in part to their family’s athletic genes.

about 15 hours ago

WPIAL stars align for Roundball Classic at Geneva College

Seton-LaSalle forward Ryan Norkus led all scorers at the Roundball Classic with 30 points to help Class AA win in record fashion.

about 15 hours ago

Wildlife: Mammals have many means of reproductive success

A look at the strategies of large mammals, deer, black bears and more.

about 15 hours ago

Note to Baseball Coaches

Statistical leaders needed

about 2 hours ago

Note to Softball Coaches

Pitching leaders needed

about 2 hours ago

 Sidney Crosby celebrates the first of his two second-period goals Saturday night against the Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Crosby's two goals spark second-period surge; Kunitz gets winner

He scored the Penguins' second and third goals and was a force all over the ice, even logging a little time killing penalties.

about 14 hours ago

 Jeff Locke delivers against the Brewers at PNC Park Saturday night.

Locke locks up Brewers for 2nd time this season

Pitcher Jeff Locke (2-0) tied a career high with eight innings, allowing one run and four hits.

about 14 hours ago

 Tyler Boyd can't quite come up with a reception as he's defended by Phillipie Motley during Pitt's Blue-Gold game today at Highmark Stadium. The Blue team beat the Gold, 17-10.

Pitt boasts defense, alumni, full house in spring game at Highmark Stadium

Just about everything about Pat Narduzzi’s first Blue-Gold spring game as Pitt coach went about as well as he could have hoped.

about 17 hours ago

 Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, right, and former Penn State QB Matt McGloin chat before Hackenberg warms up prior to Penn State's Blue-White Game.

Penn State defensive line highlights annual Blue-White Game

Four players combined for six sacks and Penn State’s defensive line doesn’t look like it will miss a beat.

about 17 hours ago

 Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stops Steve Downie in Game One of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Game 2 plan for Penguins offense is simple, but getting goals won't be

Penguins hope to throw a lot of shots at Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, get a lot of traffic in front of him and score on some rebounds.

1 day ago

 The Penguins' defensemen and fourth line celebrates Blake Comeau's goal Thursday in New York.

Penguins notebook: Fourth line gets first goal of playoffs as well as praise

Penguins’ recently created fourth line comes up big in Game 1 of playoff series against Rangers.

1 day ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart during February workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates notebook: Chris Stewart returns to Pirates roster

Stewart’s return from the DL means Tony Sanchez is shipped back to Class AAA Indinapolis.

1 day ago

 Gene Collier suggests Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should be on the same line.

Gene Colllier: When all else fails, put Crosby and Malkin together

With so little offense, perhaps the Penguins need to use Crosby and Malkin together more often if not always.

1 day ago

 Pitt football teammates practice how they will enter the field during spring practice Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt's Blue-Gold game not short on intensity or bragging rights

Panthers teammates will be on opposite sides of the field today at Highmark Stadium, making for what should be a competitive spring game.

1 day ago

 Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman leads drills at a spring practice in Holuba Hall.

Man in the middle: Penn State's Nyeem Wartman aims to uphold Linebacker U legacy

Nyeem Wartman goes one-on-one to talk about his role as PSU’s next middle linebacker and why he’s not taking it lightly.

1 day ago

 Knoch’s Jordan Geist winds up to throw the shot put Friday at the Butler Invitational.

Knoch thrower Jordan Geist shines at Butler Invitational

Jordan Geist was the only male to set a record at the Butler Invitational as his 66-11/2 throw in the shot put shattered the previous mark.

1 day ago

High school highlights: Plum baseball beats Franklin Regional for fifth win in a row

Plum used another superb pitching effort Friday to take sole possession of the WPIAL Class AAAA Section 4 lead.

1 day ago

Pinkerton Tunnel project and fundraising efforts underway

Larry Walsh on biking: The Pinkerton Tunnel rehabilitation project kicks into a higher gear.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates' starting pitching continues strong

10 things swirling around Bob’s brain after the Pirates downed the Brewers.

1 day ago

 Starling Marte is greeted at home by Pedro Alvarez after hitting a two-run home run in the 8th inning Friday against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Pirates' offense awakens as Pittsburgh beats Milwaukee, 6-3

Gregory Polanco had three hits and Starling Marte homered after days of no player but Andrew McCutchen reaching second base.

1 day ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart started the season on the disabled list.

Pirates activate catcher Stewart, option Sanchez to AAA

Sanchez went 3 for 8 in three games this season.

2 days ago

Blackhawk hires Lamenza as new football coach

Blackhawk names a replacement for legendary coach Joe Hamilton.

2 days ago

 A.J. Burnett, who received a warm welcome back during pregame ceremonies on opening day at PNC Park, is helping the Pirates on and off the field.

Burnett brings more than just strikeouts in return to Pirates

The veteran leadership of A.J. Burnett coupled with his stellar performance so far has provided a boost.

2 days ago

 Steve Downie takes a third period cross-checking penalty against the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Penguins' penalties prove punishing in opening loss to Rangers

All season the Penguins racked up penalty minutes; it took one period for the trend to continue Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

2 days ago

 A gang of turkeys hangs out in February 2013 on Highview Road in Baldwin Township.

Wild turkeys perfectly at home in many Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods

No community here has had to cull its turkey populations. Unlike deer, these big birds in our backyard don’t bother us — or eat our shrubs.

2 days ago

 Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin jokes with teammates during the the first day of the Penguins development camp in July at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Chorney, Dumoulin reunited for playoffs

Defensemen Taylor Chorney and Brian Dumoulin are used to being partners, but not in the NHL playoffs.

2 days ago

 Mike Bertolino, left, and Art Grguric, members of Blackleggs Co-op Trout Nursery and Watershed Association, set up a cooker Thursday at Blackleggs Memorial Park in Young, Indiana County. The association is sponsoring a Wild Game Breakfast for anglers on Saturday, the first day of trout season. It has hosted the annual event for the past 30 years.

Trout season opening-day traditions fade

Many rural communities would capitalize on the annual influx of opening day anglers.

2 days ago

 The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is good, but Steve Downie and the Penguins seem to keep running into goalies they can't put many pucks past.

Gene Collier: Mental approach aside, another failure for Penguins

In the opening game of what could be a short series, the Penguins were punchless once again as they lost to the Rangers, 2-1.

2 days ago

 Pitt's Bam Bradley works through drills during spring practice last month at the team's facility on the South Side.

Pitt coaches still deciding who must be the 'Money'

Mike Caprara and Bam Bradley are competing for the “Money” outside linebacker spot this spring, one of the Panthers’ few position battles.

2 days ago

 Backup quarterback Trace McSorley hands the ball off during situational drills Saturday afternoon.

Penn State’s backup QB turning heads this spring

Backup QB Trace McSorley is among Penn State’s spring surprises. The redshirt freshman has a chance to impress fans Saturday.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates outfield (left to right) Starling Marte,  Andrew McCutchen  and Gregory Polanco last year at Pirate City, Bradenton Fla.

Bob Smizik: Best Pirates outfield ever

There has been excited talk, premature to the extreme, about the Pirates outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

2 days ago

 Clara Santucci, who won the women's title in 2014, wants to best her personal record this year in the marathon.

Marathon 2015: Why I Run / Defending champion has more big goals

Clara Santucci won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon last year, but she plans to set the bar even higher this year.

2 days ago

 Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have struggled with injuries throughout the past couple of seasons, including both missing the playoffs in 2011.

Adam Bittner: Penguins shouldn't count on health of four expensive stars

It’s time to evaluate if it’s worth having Crosby, Fleury, Letang and Malking take up almost half of the team’s salary cap space.

1 day ago

 Dom Perretta is a student/athlete at Beaver Falls High School and a member of the boys varsity track team. He is the Post-Gazette Male High School Athlete of the Week for April 17, 2015.

Athletes of the week: Dom Perretta & Ashley Amato

Track standouts Dom Perretta of Beaver Falls and Ashley Amato of Plum chosen as the athletes of the week.

2 days ago

Local auto racing: Tracks ready for opening races

Lernerville Speedway and Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway will open their seasons this weekend, putting to test the preparation during spring.

2 days ago

North Xtra: Expectations high for North Hills

Taste of success last year fuels baseball team’s hunger for return to postseason.

2 days ago

 Senior attack McKenna Ash has been a top contributor for the  Shaler Area lacrosse team in its quest for a third consecutive WPIAL title.

North Xtra: Another titan effort for Shaler

Two-time WPIAL champion girls lacrosse team once again headed toward the postseason.

2 days ago


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